Past Events

15 October 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting. 

Register Here

During this unprecedented time, we want to continue to support our entrepreneurs and give them a chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community, even if it means going VIRTUAL in presenting their ideas and business plans.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presentation

ZoomBroom

Randy Kuckuck is co-inventor of the ZoomBroom and CEO of Aceleon, the company which is developing the ZoomBroom.  ZoomBroom makes cleaning off your deck, patio, sidewalks, and steps a breeze. Its slim, lightweight design makes it easy to store in a convenient location in your home, so it is always handy and ready to tackle these cleaning challenges. Leaf blowers are great for clearing leaves off your yard in the fall, but the ZoomBroom is designed for more common, everyday tasks around the house.

Randy is a graduate of MSU and Loyola Marymount Law School in Los Angeles. Randy started his business career as CFO of BookCrafters in Chelsea, MI. He then joined All Media Guide in Ann Arbor as COO. He helped grow AMG from $2M to $10M in revenue and positioned it for sale to Tivo for $72M. He has also served as COO of Muze. In 2010 he founded PublishNext, an online book publisher, which he later sold to Thomson-Shore in Dexter. Since the sale of PublishNext, he has worked as a consultant, started a non-profit, and is a presenter at publishing conferences.

Pitch Pit

Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Contestants

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Melissa Davis, Defyne Hair. Defyne Hair is a beauty tech platform that identifies products with the highest possibility of working for your unique hair type.

  • Marianna Kerppola, Poisera. Poisera uses machine learning to address the mental health treatment gap ensuring moms receive during pregnancy or postpartum the right support at the right time.

  • Maria Mikhailova, Love & Vodka, A Film. It is an upcoming independent feature film with a young American in Love with an Ukrainian girl.

Judges

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams:

Katie Bigelow is the owner and founder of Mettle Ops, an engineering and federal contract consulting company centered on Warfighters Serving Warfighters.  Katie started Mettle Ops in 2013 knowing defense contracting was the place where she could make an impact for the warfighter. Mettle Ops has won 9 contracts since that start in 2015 and have been awarded over $33 million in Army contracts, including a prime government contract worth over $19 million. Katie spent ten years in the US Army, first an enlisted soldier and completing her last seven years as a warrant officer and Army aviator. With over 1,000 flight hours including two years in combat, Katie is experienced in intense environments and critical decision making. 

Linda M. Fingerle, CPA, MBA is President and Managing Director of Tappan Hill Ventures and has over 25 years of business and finance experience, including eight years serving as CFO and Principal of EDF Ventures in Ann Arbor. While at EDF, she served as a board member and acting CFO for a tech start-up internet technology company. Earlier, Linda served on the board and was Audit Committee Chair for Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. a Michigan based biotech company. She provided strategic & financial consulting to an Ann Arbor based biotech start-up culminating in a successful exit in 2009. Linda earned her MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University.

Gwen Jimmere is CEO and founder of Naturalicious and has cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. Her products can be found all around the world, in over 1200 retail stores, including Ulta, Whole Foods, and Sally Beauty.  A respected authority in the hair care industry, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winner. Gwen is based in Detroit and, when she’s not strategizing her next business move, you can find her hanging out with her son Caiden, Naturalicious’ CCC (Chief Candy Curator).
 

 

 

REGISTRATION

The event is FREE. Registration is required. The webinar meeting starts at 4:00 PM and will end at 5:30 PM.

Check registration confirmation email. You will receive one click Zoom link to join the online meeting.  Make sure to download free Zoom Client App prior to joining the meeting.

Forward this invitation on to your colleagues or share via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Contact us at info@newenterpriseforum.org for any questions.

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17 September 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Event

Thursday September 17 at 4 PM ET

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Showcase Presentation

MODUS

Ali Alhimiri, MD is the Principal Founder of MODUS and is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician who has been providing cost-effective, high quality care to thousands of patients in Southeast Michigan since 2002. His experience in treating patients with pain led directly to the development of MODUS, a digital health platform that improves patient access to evidence-based care, enables employers to implement value-based contracting technology, and rewards physicians for positive outcomes.

 

Panel Discussion - "Selling and Marketing in the Year of the Pandemic"

A panel of experts will discuss how entrepreneurs are responding to the unusual conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Marketing Officers, Sales Directors and CEOs will share their perspectives on operating in a virtual world and explain the B2B sales and marketing strategies they are deploying to meet the unique challenges of acquiring new customers in the midst of lockdown orders, an economic crisis and a public health emergency.  

Panelists

Mike Klein is CEO of Genomenon, a genomic health IT company that keeps pace with the constant advancements made in genomics and connects that research to patient DNA to help diagnose and treat patients with rare and inherited genetic diseases. With over 25 years of developing, building and growing 4 different high tech companies, Mike raised over $50M in capital and had several successful investor exits.

 

 

Raffaele Mautone is CEO and Founder of AaDya, a Detroit-based startup founded in 2019 to provide smart, simple and effective cybersecurity solutions to small and medium sized businesses. Raffaele’s strategic thinking and effective leadership have been instrumental and paramount in his career as an IT, Sales and Operations professional.  His extensive experience in the IT and Security industry serves as the platform of Aadya.  His consistent record of leading teams through successful acquisitions, strategic planning and implementation and deploying large, multi-tiered complex programs has served companies such as Duo, FireEye, McAfee and Dell.  Raffaele also has experience in implementing marketing and sales strategies positioning companies for future growth and deploying applications and business process improvements to assist with bookings, leads and new go-to-market programs. 

Mark Shalinsky, Ph.D., is a data scientist who now focuses on sales and revenue operations. As the fifth employee at Duo Security, Mark built the inside sales infrastructure and kicked off sales operations. Following his tenure at Duo, Mark built out a similar infrastructure at FatStax, a sales enablement company acquired by BigTinCan. By day Mark works as the Director of Inside Sales and Sales Operations at SkySync; by night, Mark shares insights with small and medium-sized companies that are struggling with their sales and revenue operations.

Bill Taylor is a Fractional Chief Marketing Officer with Chief Outsiders, a firm of 70+ Fractional Chief Marketing Officers. Bill applies his passion for technology to helping technology CEOs achieve profitable, sustainable growth. Over the last 35 years Bill has had roles as  a corporate CMO, VP of Sales, and Strategy Executive with companies ranging from early stage startups to multi-billion-dollar businesses. At Chief Outsiders he helps companies find their growth engines through a strategic planning process and go-to-market plans that bring the strategy to life.

Moderator

Paul Henchey is Vice President of the New Enterprise Forum as well as a consultant to healthcare software companies, providing expertise in strategic product marketing, software product management, content marketing, software design and strategic product planning. His management experience spans both Fortune 20 companies and small start-ups. Paul has a successful track record in helping companies of all sizes launch new software products and grow new revenue streams.

 

ABOUT

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.

We will showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Make plans to join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

REGISTER

The ONLINE ONLY meeting opens at 4:00 pm and will end at 5:30 PM.

Registration is required in order to obtain access to the online meeting. In your registration confirmation email, you will receive Zoom meeting link and password to join the meeting.

Showcase Presenter: 

16 July 2020

NEF Pitch Pit and Fireside Chat - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Virtual Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting. 

During this unprecedented time, we want to continue to support our entrepreneurs and give them a chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community, even if it means going VIRTUAL in presenting their ideas and business plans.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Brooke Burton, The People's Club. The club is an affordable, accessible, home-away-from-home for young people to learn, engage, and connect.

  • Faiz Haider, Strapp. A social networking platform that helps you find and connect with students of any skill, interest, or background on campus.

  • Alyssa Space, ForHerCosmetics. All natural vegan and cruelty free cosmetic line that offers lipstick, lip gloss, mineral highlighter and a human hair lash line - a product and service based brand.

  • Phillip Sylvester, Virtual Music Ensemble. Our product automatically renders virtual ensembles together for use in both education and non-education based music ensembles.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams. The judges are:

Jason Pliml, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan SBDC

Jason brings extensive entrepreneurial and business coaching experience. He’s a self-identified “data nerd” who has owned several profitable businesses, covering an array of niches from virtual business services to fantasy sports software. The common thread through each of his businesses is the practical application of cutting edge technology to gain competitive advantages and operational efficiencies.
Jason holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Lake Superior State University. He has served as a board member for tech companies, industry trade associations, and non-profit organizations. Areas of Expertise include Applied A.I., SaaS business strategy, investor pitch coaching, pricing strategy.

Russell Schindler, P.G.,  CEO, SampleServe

Russell is a serial entrepreneur. His most recent start-up is SampleServe, Inc. a company specializing sample data automation and environmental reporting. He is a Certified Professional Geologist and a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds 7 patents related to groundwater clean-up and environmental sampling.

He is also the founder of a monthly technology meetup group in Traverse City MI called TCNewTech . TCNewTech is an organization that promotes technology entrepreneurship and tries to match technology start-up founders with investors. Russell is an avid sailor and has completed 15 Chicago to Mackinaw races and 7 Port Huron to Mackinaw races and 3 SuperMac races.

‘Tember Shea, Invest Detroit Ventures, Portfolio Manager

‘Tember Shea joined ID Ventures as Portfolio Manager October 2018 and focuses on actively supporting IDV’s portfolio companies. ID Ventures is the most active early stage investor in the state and has invested in over 125 Michigan-based companies across multiple sectors. Her role includes monitoring the growth of the IDV portfolio and actively working with IDV’s existing companies to help improve their opportunities for success. ‘Tember was previously responsible for leading inGAGE™, Inforum’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth women entrepreneurs. ‘Tember led Inforum’s statewide membership cultivation and engagement strategy for more than 2,000 members and 80 companies.

Passionate about strengthening and diversifying the entrepreneurial eco-system in Southeast Michigan, ‘Tember utilizes her skills, experience and network to transform and connect the community. She attended Central Michigan University and the Venture Capital Institute. She serves on the board of the New Enterprise Forum (NEF) and is a member of the Venture Capital Platform Community.

Angel Investing in Michigan

Join us for a fireside chat with Skip Simms. Skip will give us a short presentation on State of Angel Funding in Michigan. Then he will join us for a fireside chat and audience questions. Join us and come prepared with your questions.

"Skip" Simms, Senior Vice President, Ann Arbor SPARK and Managing Member, Michigan Angel Fund
As Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip works with technology start-up and early stage companies.  He focuses on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising. He is the Managing Member of the for-profit Michigan Angel Fund which invests in Michigan based technology companies that are capital efficient.  The Michigan Angel Fund is the state’s largest angel group with 140 high net worth individuals looking for an above average return while helping grow and diversify the state’s economy.

Skip has been successful in raising over $26 million in grants through the states 21st Century Jobs Fund program for the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  This program provided very early stage start-ups with small loans and matching investments of up to $250,000. Skip has 29 years of experience serving in management positions at several television stations around the country.  His last position was President and General Manager of a Charter Fox affiliate in Indiana owned by Ralph Wilson Enterprises.  During his time there, he started the markets first independent news operation and directed the network affiliation switch to CBS.   

In 2018 he was recognized in the first annual dBusiness magazine list of Detroit’s 500 most powerful people. Skip participates on both profit and non-profit boards, and was a founding member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

Mark your calendar. The webinar meeting starts at 4:00 PM and will end at 5:30 PM.

REGISTRATION

The event is FREE. Registration is required.

Check registration confirmation email. You will receive one click Zoom link to join the online meeting.  Make sure to download free Zoom Client App prior to joining the meeting.

Forward this invitation on to your colleagues or share via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Contact us at info@newenterpriseforum.org for any questions.

18 June 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Virtual Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.

During this unprecedented time, we want to continue to support our entrepreneurs and give them a chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community, even if it means being VIRTUAL in presenting their ideas and business plans.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Showcase Presenter

eSimplify

eSimplify is a predictive practice analytics platform for primary care physicians. eSimplify helps primary care physicians maximize revenue, identify gaps in care and, most importantly, improve the quality of care for their patients. eSimplify's analysis has shown that primary care practices are leaving billons of dollars in recoverable revenue on the table. As healthcare providers shift to a value-based payment model, eSimplify’s affordable analytics helps small to mid-sized practices successfully make that transition. Founded in 2018, eSimplify is currently focused on primary care physician practice but will be expanding to other specialties in the near future.

Pradeep Kalmat is the founder and CEO of eSimplify. Pradeep worked at Aon Hewitt for over 18 years and was responsible for delivering high quality services in a highly challenging environment across various areas of human resource management. The demanding accuracy requirement of 99% or higher in that field  prepared him to rely on data and metrics that provided meaningful insights to identify inefficiencies and improve processes. Pradeep relied on this knowledge and expertise to assess the market and then design, develop, and deploy eSimplify with the specific goal of creating value for primary care physician and other providers.

Panel Discussion: Looking for Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Join New Enterprise Forum, and a panel of venture capital and angel investors for a discussion to help entrepreneurs understand investment challenges and opportunities during and post Covid-19 pandemic. This discussion will provide guidance and resources for entrepreneurs navigating through this unprecedented health and economic crisis.

Panelists:

Carolyn Cassin, General Partner & Co-Founder, BELLE Funds

In 2010 Carolyn and a group of 30 other Michigan women founded BELLE Capital/Michigan, of which she is the General Partner.   Over her thirty year career, Carolyn has started and grown two companies, and has been brought in to transform and turn around three more. She turned around a failing hospice organization in southeast Michigan and built it into the nation’s largest and one of the best-run hospices. She was then recruited to lead the first venture capital backed hospice company in the US, Vistacare, which became a publicly traded company in 2005.  Among many other awards, she has been named by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of “Detroit’s 100 Most Influential Women” and “Woman to Watch.”  Carolyn earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University, her BA from Miami University, and the esteemed three-year National Leadership Fellowship from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

 Kate Hernández, Principal, Detroit Venture Partners

Kate Hernández is a Principal at Detroit Venture Partners, a Detroit-based venture capital firm. Detroit Venture Partners specializes in backing seed and early stage start-ups. Ms. Hernández has worked in various professions including legal, banking, and management consulting. Ms. Hernández has also consulted for a Mexican venture capital firm based in Mexico City.  In her current role, Ms. Hernández sees an opportunity to further the role of women in technology.  She founded the Detroit chapter of SoGal – a non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting female and diverse founders – and she is also is a member of the Global Women in VC Network. Ms. Hernández earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She resides in Detroit, Michigan.

Camila Noordeloos, Principal, Grand Ventures

Camila is a Principal at Grand Rapids-based Grand Ventures. As a Principal she identifies promising investment opportunities across Grand Venture’s sectors of interest and works closely with portfolio companies driving strategy development and implementation. She also leads the firm’s operations and is responsible for managing all stages of the investment process from fundraising through portfolio management and exit. Camila has 10+ years of consulting, corporate and venture capital experience. Prior to joining Grand Ventures, Camila worked at General Electric holding management positions within finance, portfolio management and business strategy. She spent six years at GE Ventures, playing a crucial role in building the foundation for it to become one of the most active corporate venture capital firms in the country, and managing a portfolio of over 150 investment companies. She has also held operational roles in startups, including an extensive project with Zinc, a GE Ventures portfolio company acquired by ServiceMax, and Imaginare Studios, a company she co-founded with two MBA colleagues. Camila earned a BBA from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil and received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Moderator:

Stefan Sysko, Agitator, Disruptor, Contrarian, Sysko Thinking LLC

An entrepreneur with a diverse background and over 30 years of experience, Stefan is a consultant, advisor and mentor to start-ups and rapidly-growing businesses, helping turn ideas into focused, viable business plans. He serves as faculty and Business Advisor for Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Detroit, is past-president, current board member and coach at the New Enterprise Forum, and Lead Facilitator for TechTown Detroit’s Start Studio Accelerator and Incubator program. He serves on the boards of several startups, and serves as a mentor and judge for a variety of organizations, programs and pitch competitions.
 

REGISTER

The ONLINE ONLY meeting opens at 4:00 pm and will end at 5:30 PM.

Registration is required in order to obtain access to the online meeting. In your registration confirmation email, you will receive Zoom meeting link and password to join the meeting.

Showcase Presenter: 

21 May 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Virtual Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting. 

During this unprecedented time, we want to continue to support our entrepreneurs and give them a chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community, even if it means going VIRTUAL in presenting their ideas and business plans.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Thanks.

Vic Havele, President, New Enterprise Forum

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Showcase Presenter

RIZZARR is a tech-enabled content marketplace for brands to work with Millennial and Gen Z content creators worldwide. RIZZARR acts as an intermediary marketing platform for brands to find, connect, and collaborate with  over 5,300 content creators from around the world. RIZZARR helps Millennial and Gen Z nano-influencers and micro-influencers to authentically produce high-quality videos, selfie videos, podcasts, social posts, articles, and photos for brands to use across their apps, social media, and other digital media properties.

Ashley M. Williams is the founder and CEO of RIZZARR.  She also founded Millennials Change, an event series created to inspire Millennials to make a positive impact on the world. Before starting her journey into entrepreneurship, Ashley was an award-winning journalist working for NBC News, WBAL Radio, and USA TODAY. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, earning a B.A. in broadcast and digital journalism as well as minors in international relations and Spanish. As a collegiate debater, she received a scholarship and placement on the USC Trojan Debate Squad. In her spare time, Ashley is a board member for various mission-driven entities including Techbridge Girls and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

NEF Pitch Pit

Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Sumeet Chhawri, nuBoxZ.  Anyone that uses Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Letgo or OfferUp like second hand marketplaces have to meet face to face when buying or selling. nuBoxZ provides smart lockers to people to drop-off or pick-up items making the transactions safe and convenient.
  • Kai Cui, Unbuyist.  Enable fashion retailers sell more and spend less by optimizing merchandise supply through understanding of their target consumers and market with modern technology like AI and ML.
  • Kaitlin Zurdosky, Destination Bachelorette.  We provide bachelor/ette parties with the tools they need to book destination trips. The bachelor/ette party industry is a $16 billion dollar industry that involves hundreds of thousands of brides and guests booking vendors and traveling.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams. The judges are:

Neil Kane

A leading authority on technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation, he is the former Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University where he built the program to a Top 25 national ranking in 2 ½ years. Kane is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and was (the first!) Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Illinois. He was the founding CEO of several startup companies based on university research in areas such as nanotechnology and advanced materials. Earlier he held engineering, sales and business development positions at IBM and Microsoft.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, he twice attended their annual meeting in Davos. Recognized for Outstanding Entrepreneurship by the National Science Foundation. Twice an invited witness on tech transfer for the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Research & Science Education. Contributor to Forbes.com. Co-author of The Innovator’s Secret Formula.

Niki Kennedy, MD, MBA, MSE, MS. Arborhive Innovation

Dr. Niki Kennedy is a vascular surgeon with a background in both engineering and business.  She began her career as an electrical engineer, graduating from Lawrence Technological University in 1995 with her BS.  She then went on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for graduate work where she obtain Masters degrees in both electrical and biomedical engineering.  Dr. Kennedy then made the jump into the clinical world, completing her MD at Wayne State University in 2003.  From there, she went on to complete her general surgery residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit as well as her vascular surgery fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital.  She maintains active board certifications in both fields.
Dr. Kennedy has been in active clinical practice since 2012 and is currently the section chief of vascular surgery at Henry Ford West Bloomfield hospital in the Detroit area.  She also obtained her MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2019.  Since her undergraduate days, Dr. Kennedy has worked as a consultant for startups in the healthcare field.  She is experienced in device development, regulatory affairs and quality assurance.  She is a member of multiple surgical organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Academy of Surgery of Detroit.

Jeff Ponders II, Entrepreneur in Residence, TechTown Detroit; Managing Partner, The Better Company

Jeff Ponders II is a modern-day Batman. By day, he helps entrepreneurs grow thriving companies and develop smart marketing & product strategy. Along the way, he also helps unfulfilled professionals ditch their contrived corporate personas to bring their authentic selves to market everyday. By night, he performs nationally as a professional saxophonist. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff resides in the Detroit area with his family.

Fireside Chat with Prof. David Brophy, Director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance

We will chat with Prof. Brophy about challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs in these unusual times. Founders and aspiring entrepreneurs would love to hear from Prof. Brophy his advice and insights on potential strategies to adopt as we all look forward to recovery. Come and particpate in the Q&A.

David Brophy joined the finance faculty at U-M in 1968 and has served since 1992 as Director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance, where he assists emerging and mid-size companies. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Private Equity and the International Journal of Venture Capital. Dr. Brophy’s consulting activities in the public and private sectors include his advisory work with funds such as Compass Technology Partners, Plymouth Ventures and Bio-Star Ventures, as well as with various government agencies in the United States, Australia and France. He holds an MBA from University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Mark your calendar. The webinar meeting starts at 4:00 PM and will end at 5:30 PM.

The event is FREE. Registration is required.

REGISTER

Check registration confirmation email. You will receive Zoom link, password and instructions to join the online meeting using Zoom. Make sure to download Zoom Client App prior to joining the meeting.

Forward this invitation on to your colleagues or share via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Contact us at info@newenterpriseforum.org for any questions.

 

Showcase Presenter: 

16 April 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion - Online Event

ForumLocation: 

Online Virtual Event

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us for an ONLINE Forum Meeting.

During this unprecedented time, we want to continue to support our entrepreneurs and give them a chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community, even if it means being VIRTUAL in presenting their ideas and business plans.

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this ONLINE meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Thanks.

Vic Havele, President, New Enterprise Forum


Showcase Presenter

This month Robert Alexander, CEO of AuraLab, will share with us his experience developing and launching Breathscape, a meditation and mindfullness platform.

AuraLab

AuraLab LLC is focused on developing innovative technologies to promote Deep Slow Breathing, a clinically validated practice that reduces anxiety and promotes wellness. Stress is on the rise globally, and the U.S. is currently in the lead with some of the highest rates in the world. Breathscape™ is the first iOS application that accurately analyzes the breath in real-time and provides continuous biofeedback, effectively training individuals to relax the nervous system through Deep Slow Breathing. After extensive Beta testing with more than 500 users, Breathscape was released on the Apple store on 4/4/2020.

AuraLab was founded in 2018. Co-Founder and CEO Robert Alexander was formerly a NASA fellow, Dr. Alexander worked with scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center to transform our understanding of the sun and solar wind through auditory data analysis. Before launching AuraLab he worked as a Chief Innovation Officer at U of M, and for a year and a half he sat as the Psychology department chair for the MSc/MET program at the renowned HK PolyU School of Design where he lectured on Sound Design and Design Psychology.


Panel Discussion:

COVID-19 Pandemic - Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs 

Join New Enterprise Forum, and a panel of legal and financial experts for a virtual discussion to help small businesses and entrepreneurs access important financial resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This discussion will focus on immediate needs of businesses and will provide guidance and resources for entrepreneurs navigating through this unprecedented health and economic crisis.

Speakers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ONLINE ONLY meeting opens at 4:00 pm and will end at 5:30 PM.

REGISTER HERE

Registration is required in order to obtain access to the online meeting. In your registration confirmation email, you will receive Zoom meeting link and password to join the meeting.

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20 February 2020

NEF Celebrates Entrepreneurship - Annual Awards

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

The February 2020 meeting is our 34th anniversary to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in our community. We celebrate entrepreneurialism by awarding the 2019 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2019 NEF Rising Star of the Year and 2019 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards. Be a part of this celebration and show your appreciation to emerging entrepreneurs.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Past Presenter Update

This month Ripple Science will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in November 2016 as NEF Showcase Presenter. They recently completed a fund raising round of $2.5 Million.

Ripple Science

Peter Falzon, CEO, Ripple Science.  Ripple Science accelerates clinical research with its secure, HIPAA-compliant suite of tools. By adapting sales and marketing automation to the process of patient recruitment, Ripple helps our customers recruit more participants, faster and reduces patients lost to follow-up. Ripple Science’s flagship product, Ripple, is currently being used by research investigators at more than 100 academic and research centers around the world, including Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California Los Angeles, the Brain Research Foundation Canada, University of East Anglia (UK), Cognito Therapeutics (Boston, MA) and the University of Michigan. 

Peter lives in Detroit and is the CEO of Ripple Science.  He is a native of Michigan and graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  Prior to moving back to Detroit in 2017, Peter spent 20 years managing life science companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley and 10 years learning, living and working in Ja

2019 Entrepreneur of the Year

Danny Ellis, CEO, SKYSPECS

Danny is the CEO and Co-Founder of SkySpecs, an Ann Arbor based company that optimizes the operations and maintenance of wind farms through automated robotics, data analytics, and predictive maintenance software. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSE and MSE in Aerospace Engineering. Danny is a Techstars alum, Forbes "30 under 30" honoree, and Endeavor entrepreneur. Outside of work, Danny enjoys golfing, live music, board games, and spending time with his wife Kelley and daughter Olivia. 

2019 Rising Star of the Year

Fares Ksebati, CEO and Co-Founder, MySwimPro

Fares Ksebati is the Co-Founder and CEO of MySwimPro, a global technology and media company that creates fitness apps that help people improve their performance and health. Most recently, he was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2020 in Consumer Technology. MySwimPro is the top training app for swimmers in 180+ countries with over one million members. MySwimPro has received international accolades being named the Best App of the Year by Apple in 2016 across all App categories for the Apple Watch and featured in Sports Illustrated. The company has global partners and an international investor base that spans 36 countries.

Fares graduated summa cum laude from the Mike Ilitch School of Business in Detroit and has continued his education with an executive education certificate from Columbia University’s CMO Academy in New York City. He is a Syrian-American has been recognized by Arab America as one of 15 Arab Americans who stole the spotlight in 2017. Fares enjoys sharing his passion for entrepreneurship as a keynote speaker and startup mentor to founders around the world.

Fares initially presented in March 2017 as the NEF Showcase Presenter.

2019 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards

Here are the contenders for the 2019 Showcase presenter awards. They worked hard. They all deserve congratulations on their presentations, but only three will be taking home an award for their outstanding efforts. Guess which 2019 NEF Showcase Presenters will take home pitch awards for Best Presentation, Best Technology and Best Business Model?

  • EagleView Imaging, Francis Glorie, CEO
  • eScapes Network, Robert Oklejas, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Giggso, Ravi Venugopal, Founder & CEO
  • InheRET, Dr. David Keren, CEO
  • Life Magnetics, Kevin Hagedorn, Ph.D., Founder & President

The winners’ names remain secret until show time, even they do not know which award they have won.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

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16 January 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presenter

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Connect to My Attorney

Peter J. Staver, CEO and Founder.  Connect To My Attorney (CTMA) has developed a disruptive solution that allows clients to search for, find and spontaneously connect with an attorney in a convenient, efficient and economical manner from their smart phones. CTMA is the only video App that provides an attorney/client online privileged communication from anywhere and, can be conducted in English, Spanish or Arabic. CTMA is a comprehensive WebRTC-based peer-to-peer, encrypted, connection between the client and attorney. Only the attorney and client can use the channel - the audio and video cannot be accessed by any other party, including the initiating server. CTMA’s application incorporates voice recognition, geo-location, encrypted document exchange, time monitoring, texting, and, can be utilized with up to 5 participants.

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Ray Batra, Shift_Up. Shift_Up builds "learning gyms" -- physical spaces that support online learners -- because learning online is a fundamentally lonely experience. Adults like the flexibility of online courses, but they crave the support and camaraderie of in-person communities. Shift_Up provides affordable monthly memberships to a shared study space, live professional tutors, a peer community of learners, curated learning roadmaps, and events and networking opportunities.
  • Liang Huang, Guarankey. Guarankey is a web based residential rental platform that integrates rental marketplace and property management solution to empower individual property investors and renters to handle all renting activities in one place.
  • Jay Shah, Leelayan. Leelayan's invention (patent pending) No Bend Hands Free Shoes are designed to help compromised people. They can easily wear them without bending. People with back surgery, arthritis, diabetes, planters foot, etc. can wear No Bend shoes without bending.
  • Michael Wiley, Global Inventions solutions and services. A patented unique wildfire control and containment device that will allow us to prevent wildfires from spreading. We can save homes lives property and most importantly we can save the lives of the firefighters.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams. The judges are:

Faris Alami, Founder and CEO of International Strategic Management. 

International Strategic Management is an international strategic company focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and economic development.  Additionally, he is a consultant with the World Bank as an entrepreneurial ecosystem expert as well as a business advisor with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Wayne State University and Babson College. He also facilitates a program for high school students where they learn how to launch a global technology company, and mentors university students.
 
Alami has started several business in the past and turned around several other companies. He has served business incubators, accelerators, startups, nonprofit organizations, five-star resorts, national marketing companies, fledgling companies, and major department store chains, and lent his expertise to service, wholesale and retail companies.

Alami also works with several business incubators/accelerators. He has managed over 100 start-ups and planned, managed and directed entrepreneurial training, talent and several international initiatives (programs).

Paul F. Hickey, President and CEO, Vertebral Technologies, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.   

Paul held previous leadership roles with Reshape Lifesciences Inc., Lanx, Zimmer-Biomet and has over 20 years of medical device experience involving strategic planning, R&D, clinical, reimbursement, marketing, and budgeting/finance.  

Paul is a passionate entrepreneurial executive with a 25+ year record of achievement who thrives on challenges and the opportunity to make a difference. He has expertise leading all core functional disciplines including new business development, strategic alliances, marketing, clinical research, engineering, reimbursement, and change management. He us a highly creative thought leader with a unique blend of skills needed to rapidly and successfully develop and commercialize breakthrough therapies, devices and services. He has proven capability for leading, motivating, and developing teams of diverse backgrounds and expertise, across multiple operations.

Paul also serves on the Board of Excelen Center for Bone and Joint Research and Education in Minneapolis.  Paul earned his bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and earned his masters at Washington University in St. Louis.

Anne Perigo, Associate Director, Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

At the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Anne Perigo manages the development and execution of a wide range of student programs, including the Michigan Business Challenge, the Dare to Dream Grant Program for student startups, the Marcel Gani internship program, and arranges for student participation in intercollegiate competitions, entrepreneurial conferences, and consultations with experienced entrepreneurs. Additionally, she holds individual office hours with students to discuss business concepts, program issues, and entrepreneurial concerns. Anne was previously the managing director for the Master of Entrepreneurship, a former initiative of the Ross School of Business and College of Engineering, Prior to joining the Zell Lurie Institute, she held positions in education with Ann Arbor Public Schools, and in commercial lending with NBD Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). Anne has also accrued experience through volunteer work, including grant writing and coordinating special arts collaborations between Ann Arbor Public Schools, University of Michigan faculty, and local arts organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Enterprise Forum.

Anne is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan with a BBA from the Ross School of Business.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

REGISTER

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

19 December 2019

Holiday Break - No Forum Meeting in December

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

To allow everyone to unwind and relax, we will be taking a break from our normal Forum schedule for December. However, that does not mean we are taking a break from NEF coaching or participating in other entrepreneurial events around the area.

The next NEF Forum event will be on January 16, 2020.  Mark your calendar. 

21 November 2019

Gaining Early Traction - Go To Market and First Revenue

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

2019 GAMIC Winner Presentations

This month we are presenting two winners from the 2019 Global Automotive Mobility Innovation Competition held at Cobo Center during SAE WCX'19 in April 2019. Several NEF coaches volunteered their time to coach GAMIC semifinalists and finalists during the competition year from Nov 2018 to April 2019.

These founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture. This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

S3D Precision Dispensing

Michael Vitek, CEO & Co-Founder. S3D creates specialty print heads and compound ink formulas that enable the manufacturing of flexible, embedded sensors, actuators, and electronics onto contoured and textured surfaces. S3D provides the enabling technology for next-generation electronics.

Orbitless Drives

Robert Eisses, CEO. Orbitless is a patented, novel low-loss gearbox platform enabling ultra-low noise, super high-efficiency gear-heads ideally suited for electric motor applications.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Gaining Early Traction - Go To Market and First Revenue

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through the challenge every entrepreneur faces when ready to raise money. You need to show some traction - a pilot, a customer or some early adoption. For that you need to devise an effective Go-To-Market strategy and demonstrate to investors how you intend to execute through well-thought-out marketing, sales and financial plans. 

Our panelists will discuss what works and what doesn't, and share those insights with our audience. We hope that this will be of great interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panelists:

Jonathan Murray, Venture Partner, Draper Triangle Ventures

After double-majoring in English Literature and Biology, Jonathan experimented with careers in journalism in Washington, D.C. (his hometown) and in advertising with major agencies in New York. At the University of Michigan, he founded his first business and discovered a love of entrepreneurship. After receiving his MBA, he spent ten years in Silicon Valley, which included a successful 7-year stint at Spectra Laboratories, where he headed marketing and software development. Fresenius Medical Care purchased the Company in 2007 for $140 million. Jonathan was then recruited to be President of Volk Optical, in Cleveland, which returned him to the Midwest, where he has lived ever since. In 2001 he co-founded Early Stage Partners, an early stage venture capital fund that invested $100 million from two funds. In 2014 Jonathan joined Draper Triangle, opened the firm’s Michigan office, and relocated to Michigan.

Jeff Ponders II, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, TechTown Detroit

Modern-Day Batman. Entrepreneurial, strategic leader producing high-value products & services for consumers and brands. A renaissance man driven by a passion for leading teams, learning, problem-solving, creative expression, and win-win relationships. Believes in the marriage of effective strategy and compelling creative solutions to add value to clients and partners. Keynote Speaker, Innovation Leader, professional Jazz Saxophonist, Managing Partner, The Better Company. Jeff graduated from the Wharton School with a Bachelor in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management.

 

S. Sriram, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ross Marketing Department, Associate Professor of Marketing

Professor Sriram’s research interests are in the areas of brand and product portfolio management, monetizing content, and healthcare. His research has spanned industries including consumer packaged goods, technology products and services, retailing, news media, user-generated content, MOOCs, and the interface of healthcare and marketing. His research has been published in journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Quantitative Marketing and Economics and the International Journal for Research in Marketing.  He serves as Associate Editor at the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research, and on the editorial review boards of Marketing Science and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. Sriram obtained his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of technology and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Purdue University.

Sean Carroll, Co-Founder, EnBiologics

Sean is an entrepreneur and engineer from the Detroit area. After graduating with a BS in chemical engineering and while working on a MS in biomedical engineering from Wayne State, he enrolled in TechTown’s summer start-up accelerator, DTX Launch Detroit, and started EnBiologics with Ramy Habib. They started the company after doing a project to develop better care for pediatric burn care. While in the program they pivoted from a niche section of pediatric burn care to more general care, and then to veterinary care. The company has achieved early traction in the small pet space with HoneyCure, the first all-natural clinically-proven veterinary wound care product.

 

Ramy Habib, Co-Founder, EnBiologics

Experienced Product Development Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Skilled in Method Development, Medical Devices, Spectroscopy, and Clinical Data Management. Ramy is a committed entrepreneur with a Master of Science focused in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University. 

 

 

Moderator:

Stefan Sysko, Agitator, Disruptor, Contrarian, Sysko Thinking LLC

An entrepreneur with a diverse background and over 25 years of experience, Stefan is a consultant, advisor and mentor to start-ups and rapidly-growing businesses, helping turn ideas into focused, viable business plans. He serves as faculty and Business Advisor for Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Detroit, is past-president, Program Committee Chair and coach at the New Enterprise Forum, and Lead Facilitator for TechTown’s DTX Launch Detroit Summer Accelerator. He serves on the boards of several startups, and serves as a coach, mentor and judge for a variety of organizations, programs and pitch competitions.

 

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

 

Register

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

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